Kenya: Publishers Want to Develop Digital Content for Schools

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Curriculum publishers have asked the government to engage them in developing digitised content for schools' syllabus.

Their appeal comes amid complaints that the ministry of Education is reluctant to involve them in deliberations aimed at rolling out one of the strongest pillars of the Jubilee government.

The Kenya Publishers Association yesterday asked Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to involve them so as to enhance teamwork and ensure the success of digital learning.

Speaking at a roundtable forum, the publishers said there is need for a holistic approach, which will address the new curriculum.

"We know that the government is aware of the bottlenecks it faces in implementing this project. They include training teachers and preparing schools for the new development," a director with Intel Corporation, Alex Twinomugisha said.

The publishers convened the forum to deliberate on best ways of jumpstarting E-learning. Government officials from the Education sector, who were expected to attend, did not turn up.

One of Jubilee's pre-election pledges was to provide free laptops to pupils in primary and secondary schools.

Critics of the initiative argue that the education sector is ill-equipped to roll out the more than Sh53 billion project. They argue that most schools, especially in rural areas, lack the prerequisite infrastructure to support the project.